Veseys and the Community
As a family-owned business for over eighty years, Veseys has not only been actively involved in the agricultural community, but has also been a generous supporter of many well-deserving community groups such as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Junior Achievement of PEI, Special Olympics, Rotary Club of Charlottetown, Charlottetown Food Bank, 4-H PEI, Farmers Helping Farmers and many more. By giving back to the community, Bev Simpson and his team at Veseys have earned the respect of many friends and feel much gratitude knowing that their community work has helped to make lives better and the community stronger.
Veseys Trials Team has made it their mission to have less food waste from our trial gardens. A by-product of the trial and evaluation process is left over fresh produce. We offer this produce to our staff and then deliver what is left to either the Charlottetown Community Fridge or Upper Room Hospitality (Charlottetown Food Bank). This year, the only produce sent to compost was anything infected with disease.
Farmers Helping Farmers is a nationally recognized, award-winning organization of community-minded people with an agricultural background from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Their goal is to assist Kenyan farmers in becoming more self-reliant in agricultural food production. Together, they develop small-scale, practical agricultural projects, focusing on direct, person-to-person interaction, with little or no government structure. Veseys is proud to support Farmers Helping Farmers with monetary and seed donations, as well as sending Veseys experts to Kenya as part of the crop advisory team.
Easter Seals PEI is a major project of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown in partnership with the Rotary Club of Summerside and the Rotary Club of Montague and Eastern PEI. Every year, Easter Seals PEI raises funds that go directly back into Island communities to enhance the lives of Islanders who live with a disability. This year Veseys staff raised $350.00 and Veseys Seeds Ltd. graciously matched our donation for a total of $700.00.
4-H PEI is a 100 year family-oriented, community-based, youth organization which provides opportunities for leadership and life skill development all while promoting agriculture awareness. Veseys is a Platinum-Level donor and has donated gardening seeds and supplies to 4-H PEI for many years.